Four Common Myths About Sleep Apnea

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In the last few years, the amount of information about sleep apnea that’s been available to the public has increased significantly. According to the National Sleep Foundation, doctors, researchers, and sleep centers have made great advances in raising awareness about the symptoms and causes of sleep apnea. Despite this, there are still many myths and misconceptions when it comes to this sleep disorder, and many Americans are unaware of the real risk sleep apnea poses. To help clear up some things, I have compiled a list of the most common myths about sleep apnea.

Myth #1: Everyone that snores has sleep apnea.

Fact: While snoring can be a sign of sleep apnea, it doesn’t mean that everyone who snores has this sleep disorder. However, it also does not mean that people who don’t snore have sleep apnea. People who suffer from sleep apnea pause their breathing while they’re asleep, sometimes even hundreds of times every night. This can impact their overall health by disrupting their sleep cycle and decreasing their sleep. This sleep disorder can also cause immediate life threatening circumstances.

Myth #2: Only older people get sleep apnea.

Fact: Several people believe that only older people suffer sleep apnea. This is entirely wrong. Sleep apnea can actually affect people of all ages, including children. While it may be more common in people over 40 years of age, sleep apnea can affect people the ages of 30, 25, 15 and even 5. There are some physical attributes that can increase your risk of devolving this sleep disorder, such as being overweight or being male.

Myth #3: Only obese or overweight people get sleep apnea.

Fact: As I stated above, being overweight can increase the like hood of developing sleep apnea. This is due to the fatty tissue in the throat. As fatty tissues increase due to increased weight, they can collapse and block the airway when one relaxes during sleep. However, even a well-conditioned athlete with a muscular neck can have this same issue.

Myth #4: Sleep apnea is not a dangerous sleep disorder.

Fact: People may think sleep apnea is just snoring, but it’s not. It is a sleep disorder that takes a toll on all who suffer from it because it robs people of a good night’s sleep and the health benefits that sleep provides, leaving them drowsy and lethargic during the day. This type of daytime sleepiness can lead to many accidents on the road or in work places. In addition, there is also research that has shown that untreated sleep apnea can result in many serious health problems, such as heart disease, high blood pressure and stroke.

If you think that you may be suffering from sleep apnea, contact Dr. Anthony Yamada, DDS at 310-546-2595 to schedule an appointment today. Or visit www.anthonyyamadadds.com for additional information regarding sleep apnea.

The Three Different Types of Gum Disease

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If you’ve recently been told that you have gum disease, you are not alone. Nearly 75 percent of people in the United States have some form of gum disease. People typically get gum disease from not practicing proper oral hygiene, however in some cases it can be caused by certain medications, hormonal changes, among others.

What is Gum Disease?

Gum disease, also commonly known as periodontal disease, is an inflammation of the gums and is caused primarily by the bacteria found in plaque. For those who don’t know, plaque is that colorless sticky film that constantly forms on your teeth. If the plaque isn’t removed by practicing proper oral hygiene, the bacteria can end up infection your gums, teeth and eventually, your gum tissue and bone that supports your teeth. This can result in a severely infected tooth that must be extracted by a dental professional, or in worse cases of infection, the tooth can fall out on its own. There are three different stages of periodontal disease: gingivitis, periodontitis, and advanced periodontists.

Different Stages of Gum Disease

  • Gingivitis. This is the earliest stage of gum disease, and it can be noticed due to inflamed gums, which is mainly due to plaque buildup. The infection can also cause the gums to bleed as well, which you may notice while you brush or floss your teeth. Gingivitis is the only stage of gum disease that is reversible, but only through dental care and by practicing proper oral hygiene at home.
  • Periodontitis. This is the stage where the damage is typically irreversible. Your gums start to form pockets below the gum line, where food and plaque can get trapped, which in turn will make the condition worse. With the help of professional cleanings and improved oral hygiene at home, you can help prevent further damage to your teeth and gums.
  • Advanced Periodontitis. This is very final stage of gum disease where the bacterial infection has not only affected your teeth, but has actually destroyed the fibers and bone supporting your teeth. This can lead to your teeth shifting or loosening, which affects your bite. If treatment cannot save your teeth, they will have to be removed by your dentist.

There are many ways to detect gum disease in its earliest stages. As I mentioned before, bleeding and inflamed gums are some of the first signs of gum disease, beginning with gingivitis. Bad breath (halitosis) or a bad taste in your mouth are also commonly associated with gum disease. If you notice any symptoms, be sure to visit your dentist as soon as possible.

Don’t let gum disease ruin your beautiful smile. If you feel that you may be suffering from gum disease, contact Dr. Anthony Yamada DDS at 310-546-2595 to schedule a consultation today. Or visit www.anthonyyamadadds.com for additional information regarding gum disease.